Swedish ski champ Ingemar Stenmark, 22, trains in his native Tärnaby, near the Arctic Circle, by balancing on a tightrope. But during a hiatus from the current World Cup tour, he staged another sort of circus act on a beach south of San Francisco. His standing flip, which Stenmark calls a “free vault,” proved a fine springboard to his ninth consecutive giant slalom victory on the tour a few days later in Heavenly Valley.
Tug of war
Though Jimmy Carter was the man in the middle of the recent Egyptian-Israeli negotiations, a poster that’s been on sale in Israel since Egyptian President Sadat’s Jerusalem visit shows model Zafrit Carmel in the hot spot. The put-on, which is the montage of a Tel Aviv nightclub owner, caused a flare-up when spied one night in the window of the Hilton Hotel bookshop by a Sadat emissary. The government official was not satisfied until the shop owner was roused from his bed at 2 a.m. to remove the poster. However, it continues to be marketed elsewhere and is credited with engineering one agreement. Carmel is now married to the male model on whose body Sadat’s head is superimposed.
Egging Ewell on
Between performances of The Greatest Man Alive in Houston, Tom Ewell, 69, flew the coop to catch a local livestock benefit where 4-H’ers were auctioning off their prize animals for Texas-size prices. A steer roped a record-setting $70,000, and 15-year-old Janet Jamieson’s five broilers netted $22,000. Even at a time of year when folks are mindful of charitable deductions, that’s not chicken feed, and Ewell says he probably fowled up when he bought a grain farm in Kentucky.
Michael Jackson, 21, is a movie buff who collects Fred Astaire flicks and memorabilia from Hollywood’s past. But the real wiz in Jackson’s book is Charlie Chaplin. While visiting England, Michael tramped through seedy South London to Chaplin’s birthplace on East Street. Later the singer stole the limelight by stuffing his scarecrow frame into Chaplinesque regalia. He was pleased at the result and so, apparently, was an aged woman living in the old neighborhood. She gave some treasured scrapbooks and Chaplin photos to Jackson, who responded by buying her a bathtub.
A LaSorda spin-off
Dodger manager Tommy LaSorda, 51, expects his players to get into shape, but “Tommy’s only exercise is done at the dinner table—with a knife and fork,” observes a friend. It was to show off, not shed pounds, that LaSorda spun a Hula Hoop with 3-year-old Daniel Cey, son of third baseman Ron. LaSorda called it “a great way to loosen up physically and mentally.” He managed 20 gyrations, outscoring Cey, who only racked up two—but of course LaSorda’s got the hips.
Actress Liv Ullmann, 39, just opened in Philadelphia in the Broadway-bound musical I Remember Mama, but what she’ll not forget is being taken to the local College of Performing Arts graduation dance by the composer, Richard Rodgers. “I got my first kiss to Rodgers’ music and was longing for a second,” confessed Ullmann. Rodgers obliged, pecking the prom queen—who’d also received an honorary degree and firm competition from an untitled sculpture by William Cooper.